Question about 2003 Chevrolet Malibu
We had functional brakes then after parking the car for two hours, the brake pedal went to the floor and the brakes did not function.
Did you check to make sure the master cylinder reservoir is still filled with brake fluid? There are lots of possibilities and all involve loss of hydraulic pressure. Leaks from the wheel cylinders, brake lines or master cylinder. Start with the easy things first, look around all four wheels for wet spots ie fluid on the ground. If you find no leaks anywhere and the reservoir is full you probably need anew master cylinder. Should only cost about $50 and are easy to change out.
Posted on Jan 17, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
My '03 S10 with manual transmission had the parking mechanism fail. I could push the parking brake pedal to the floor and it would not lock in place. To take out this mechanism, pull the plastic sidewall off next to the parking pedal, then unscrew the plastic panel underneath the dash, which is above the gas and brake pedals. The front plastic panel can remain in place. The parking mechanism is held to the sidewall by two lower hex head screws (easy to take out) and one above the pedal arm (this takes patience to remove). Feel around for this upper nut - it's there. I used a small extension on my ratchet with a deep wall socket. The upper nut is attached to a stud and this will align the parking mechanism when putting it back on. Once the mechanism is out, take off the parking and brake release cables, the parking brake wire connection, and you're free to see if it can be repaired. The mechanism on my S10 had one end of the spring off to the side, and once put back into place, the repair was made. Good luck!
Posted on Mar 08, 2009
The disc brake pads are NOT used for the parking brake. The parking brake uses mini-drum type shoes inside the rear disc rotor.
Take a look at http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_change_the_emergency_brake_pads_on_a_2000_Chevy_1500_Silverado_Pickup
For more info
Posted on Jun 21, 2009
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